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Julian,Fished the upper Ure with Brian in the early 70's for Barbel, on what were fly/trout only waters,he had some good contacts and stayed in touch for a time .I am aware of the above and its contents, if I can help with any thing specific you are looking,for will try and help.
Never a truer word spoken,have seen some great stretches ruined in the last couple of years,problem is its not only by the facebook instant brigade,some so called responsible anglers should know better.
New 1.75 TC Barbel rod Built by Chas Burns of York.This is the 5th rod plus numerous repairs and alterations that Chas has carried out for me,I have never been disappointed,the quality of his workmanship is stunning.